Manatee County will host a workshop on opioid abuse next month. The May 2nd event will happen at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Governor Rick Scott directed 3 state agencies, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to meet with communities to identify strategies to fight the state's opioid epidemic.
Over the past year, Manatee County Commissioners have taken steps to confront the problem on multiple fronts. The County has asked state lawmakers for funding to create a unique opioid peer pilot project to pair those struggling with opioid addiction with trained coaches who have overcome opioid dependency.
"We're pleased Manatee County is able to host one of these workshops," said Manatee Healthcare Services Manager Joshua Barnett. "During that conversation we hope to further demonstrate our mutual collaboration between Manatee County and DCF and the Department of Health in Manatee County. This conversation further supports our strategic efforts to combat the opioid overdose epidemic in our community and state."
Among those expected to attend: local leaders, law enforcement, health directors, treatment providers and concerned members of the community.